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American Citizen Pleads Guilty to Insulting Thai Royal Family

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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A US citizen pleaded guilty in Thailand Monday to charges of insulting the monarchy, an offense that could be punishable by up to 15 years in prison under Thailand’s controversial lese majeste laws. Speaking to reporters before entering Bangkok’s Criminal Court Monday, Thai-born Joe Gordon said that he did not want to fight the case, […]

11 Chinese Sailors Killed in River Boat Attack

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials said Sunday at least 11 Chinese were killed and two are missing after their boats were attacked in the Mekong River by suspected drug traffickers. Chinese Foreign Ministry officials told the Xinhua news agency that two cargo boats were attacked Thursday in the Golden Triangle area of the Mekong River. The Bangkok Post […]

Thai PM: Nation Faces Flood Crisis

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: Reuters BC-ASIA-OCT07-THAILAND-F, ASIA: STORY 5268AS Thailand’s prime minister says the nation is in a serious flood crisis and the capital Bangkok will be affected. Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday in a televised address that 252 people have died across the country due to more than two months of heavy rains. She warned that major flooding […]

Thai Death Toll at 244, as Rains, Flooding Wreak Havoc

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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The death toll from Thailand’s worst flooding in five decades has risen to 244, as torrential rains continue to pound large swaths of Southeast Asia. United Nations’ relief officials in the region say nearly 200 others have died in neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam. Authorities north of Bangkok evacuated 1,700 prisoners Thursday, after a wall of […]

Doctors Without Borders Ends Work in Thailand

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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A leading medical relief group says it is withdrawing from Thailand after 35 years in the country because of continuing disagreements with the government. Médecins Sans Frontières issued a statement Thursday saying it had failed to secure permission to provide health care to undocumented migrants and vulnerable populations, despite months of negotiations and discussions. MSF […]

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Thai PM Pays One-Day Visit to Burma

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Thai and Burmese leaders discussed closer economic and political cooperation Wednesday in Burma’s administrative capital, Naypyitaw. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Burma’s President Thein Sein also witnessed a signing ceremony on border road construction. Before the visit, a Thai government source said discussions would focus on economic cooperation such as energy cooperation, as […]

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Thai PM Pays One-Day Visit to Burma

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in Burma for a one-day visit aimed at enhancing diplomatic ties and economic cooperation. Ms. Yingluck arrived Wednesday in the Burmese administrative capital, Naypyitaw, for talks with Burma’s top leaders. The Thai English-language newspaper The Nation said Burmese President Thein Sein was hosting a dinner for the Thai leader […]

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Thailand Nabs Suspect in Yingluck Twitter Takeover

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Thailand say a young man has confessed to hacking into the Twitter account of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and posting a series of disparaging messages. Information Minister Anudith Nakornthap presented the young man at a news conference Wednesday. He said Ekawit Thongdeeworakul has expressed remorse and offered to use his skills to help […]

Thai River Bursts Banks, Flooding Historic Temple

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Workers in Thailand are struggling to drain and repair a 500-year-old temple that was flooded when the Chao Phraya River overflowed its banks. Two meters of water surround stupas at the Wat Chai Watthanaram temple, a World Heritage Site. The flooding has also forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in the central province […]

Thai PM to Visit Burma

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to visit Burma Wednesday at the invitation of Burma’s President U Thein Sein. News reports from the region say the two sides will have discussions on enhancing relations and economic cooperation during the one-day visit. The Thai English-language newspaper The Nation says the Thai prime minister will meet […]

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